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Texas Instruments To Demonstrate Android Mobile Platform

Sony Ericsson Unveils XPERIA X1 Windows Mobile Arc Slider Phone

Sony Ericsson Introduces Stylish W980 Walkman Phone

SanDisk Announces 16-Gigabyte iNAND Embedded Flash Drive

MSN Direct Now Available for Windows Mobile Devices

Microsoft Releases New Version of Windows Live Mobile Developer Program

Micron Samples Industry Fastest Mobile DRAM

Broadcom Demonstrates VideoCore III Multimedia Processor

Texas Instruments To Demonstrate Android Mobile Platform

Today at Mobile World Congress, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) announced it will demonstrate an early look of the Android mobile platform in two forms: a prototype handset based on TI's OMAP850 processor that also includes TI's Wireless LAN (WLAN) and Bluetooth wireless technology solutions, as well as an OMAP3430 processor-based Zoom Mobile Development Kit from Logic PD. Both demonstrations highlight the flexibility of the OMAP platform's multi-core architecture to deliver high-performance multimedia and sophisticated user interfaces (UI) on the Android platform.

Android, currently released as an "early look" to developers, is an open platform for mobile devices that includes an operating system, middleware and key applications, is designed to enable developers to create compelling mobile applications that maximize the fullest potential of an OMAP processor-based solution while allowing handset manufacturers and carriers to customize their solution quickly. The UI on this mobile platform will provide quick and easy access to the most important applications on the device including web browser, email, messaging and video. Using TI's WiLink WLAN and BlueLink Bluetooth technology, the Android mobile platform features integrated connectivity options that allow consumers to seamlessly connect to exciting, interactive applications. These demonstrations of the platform highlight how TI is pushing the limits of the mobile market, driving development of creative and unique applications for mobile devices through the support of open source activities such as those sponsored by the Open Handset Alliance.

Source: Texas Instruments Incorporated

Sony Ericsson Unveils XPERIA X1 Windows Mobile Arc Slider Phone

Sony Ericsson launched the XPERIA X1 arc slider phone designed to address the growing need for a premium, converged mobile experience. The XPERIA X1 combines a 3-inch wide 800x480 65K color TFT display and a full QWERTY keyboard within a quality metal-finish body. With Windows Mobile inside, the XPERIA X1 lets you choose from a dynamic range of activities at anytime and anywhere; from enjoying your favourite entertainment content to working efficiently on-the-move.

The device supports GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS 850, UMTS 900, UMTS 1700, UMTS 1900, UMTS 2100 networks; is available in "Solid Black" and "Steel Silver" colors; is sized 110 x 17 x 53 mm (4.3 x 0.7 x 2.1 inches); and weighs 145 gr (5.1 oz). You may also want to visit the product page.

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 features:

  • Convergence of multimedia entertainment and mobile Web communication;
  • Arc slider with wide pitch easy-to-use QWERTY keyboard;
  • XPERIA panels—access to Web, multimedia, applications from your desktop.
  • Enjoy multimedia entertainment on bright wide VGA display;
  • Windows Mobile capabilities.

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 will be available in selected markets from the second half of 2008.

Source: Sony Ericsson

Sony Ericsson Introduces Stylish W980 Walkman Phone

Sony Ericsson today revealed the W980 featuring stereo speakers, audio enhancing technology, Walkman on Top design and 8GB of internal memory. It comes with the latest Stereo Portable Handsfree HPM-77 (available from June 2008 in selected markets).

The W980 Walkman phone has a built-in FM transmitter, which allows you to send whatever's playing on your phone to other devices with a built-in FM radio receiver.

The novelty has 240x320 262K color TFT display; is available in "Piano Black" color; is sized 92x46x17 mm (3.6x1.8x0.7 inches); and weighs 100 gr (3.5 oz). You may also want to visit the product page.

With the recent evolution of PlayNow arena, Sony Ericsson's over-the-air (OTA) and web download service being launched this May, you will be able to access up to 5 million tracks to maximise your music collection. The W980's TrackID feature, which can identify any track that you just can't put a name to, will be fully integrated into PlayNow arena.

You can tailor the W980's Walkman player to the music that you're listening to. This latest Walkman phone provides a choice of eight equaliser presets, each of which contains a distinct profile that is suitable to a range of music.

The Walkman on Top feature on the W980 gives you the full functionality of a Walkman player without even having to open your phone. The entire Walkman player that would normally be displayed on the inside of your clamshell is also replicated on the outside of the phone, so navigation through your music library is effortless.

Every music enthusiast knows that a great audio experience requires great quality speakers or headphones. The W980 Walkman phone comes with the new Stereo Portable Handsfree HPM-77; a headset that lets you enjoy music in powerful stereo sound. The HPM-77 also allows users to take their calls handsfree.

The new phone is a UMTS/HSDPA 2100 GSM/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900 handset that will be available in selected markets from Q3 2008.

Source: Sony Ericsson

SanDisk Announces 16-Gigabyte iNAND Embedded Flash Drive

SanDisk Corporation today announced the 16-gigabyte (GB) iNAND embedded flash drive (EFD). Adding to the industry-leading 8GB iNAND from SanDisk, this new iNAND packs double the storage capacity into a standard JEDEC 12x16mm package thanks to recent advances in multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash technology.

iNAND is designed for the latest mobile handsets, which feature a growing number of storage-intensive features including music players, digital cameras, and video recording, playback and GPS capabilities. By providing abundant storage for these features, in addition to high performance and reliability, iNAND helps to enable new and exciting mobile experiences for mobile handset users.

iNAND devices adhere to JEDEC package and ball-out requirements, common throughout the industry, providing virtually "plug and play" integration and allowing them to be designed into mobile handsets quickly. Additionally, iNAND devices utilize the industry-leading and field-proven SD interface2.

iNAND 16GB is expected to be available for sampling to mobile handset vendors in Q2 2008, with iNAND 32GB slated for introduction in H2 2008.

Source: SanDisk Corporation

MSN Direct Now Available for Windows Mobile Devices

Today at Mobile World Congress 2008, Microsoft announced the availability of a technology preview for accessing MSN Direct content on Windows Mobile-based devices.

With this technology preview, customers can receive instant access to information such as weather and stock updates; top news stories; and entertainment, sports and business news. The information is presented in a glanceable format, and is easily accessible directly from the home screen of a device. Content is automatically updated so that customers have immediate access to the content that matters most to them.

After installing the technology preview on the device, customers can select content based on relevancy and preference. For more in-depth information on the topics a person is exploring, MSN Direct provides links that connect users to the relevant areas of the popular MSN Mobile portal. Together, MSN Direct and MSN Mobile provide users with quick and easy options for getting current information while on the go.

The MSN Direct content is supplied by a number of leading partners, including Foreca Ltd. for current weather information, Comstock Resources Inc. for stock prices, and MSNBC for the wide gamut of news offerings.

Windows Mobile customers interested in downloading the MSN Direct technology preview can use either of the following methods:

  • Via mobile browser. From the Web browser on their mobile phone, users go to http://phone.msndirect.com and follow the instructions on the page to download and install MSN Direct.
  • Via PC. Users download MSN Direct to their PC and copy it over to their device using whatever software they normally use (such as ActiveSync). On the device, they click on the MSN Direct file to begin installation.

The MSN Direct application is free to download; MSN Direct requires data connectivity from a wireless carrier, which may charge additional fees. Consumers should check with their wireless provider for its coverage areas and service fees.

Source: Microsoft

Microsoft Releases New Version of Windows Live Mobile Developer Program

Today at Mobile World Congress 2008, Microsoft announced that it is releasing a new version of its Windows Live Mobile Developer Program, enabling developers to create mobile versions of its popular Windows Live services that can be built for virtually any mobile phone independent of phone operating system. Microsoft also announced Windows Live @mobile, a new program that allows operators to adopt and deploy Windows Live services. These two initiatives will enable Microsoft's developer community to deliver compelling Windows Live services and provide flexibility to access the Windows Live platform to innovate on top of those services. In addition, mobile operators can connect their customers to Windows Live, one of the largest communications and sharing networks in the world, create additional revenue opportunities and enhance the customer experience.

These latest updates to the Windows Live Mobile Developer Program include new features to Microsoft's Mobile Services Protocol and a new software development kit (SDK), enabling developers to create mobile versions of Windows Live Hotmail, Windows Live Messenger and Windows Live Spaces that can work on any phone operating system. These updates give developers the capability to create applications with an exceptional user experience and more advanced functionality, all built on a WS*-compliant protocol.

Microsoft is also announcing the availability of Windows Live @mobile, a program that enables mobile operators to deploy a set of standard Microsoft mobile services such as Windows Live for Mobile and MSN Mobile to their customers quickly and efficiently. These standard deals support different business models, providing operators with several choices, including subscriptions, transactions or advertising so they fit with their existing business or new business ideas. Operators can choose to deploy browser-based services that work on nearly any phone with a data plan or with any of the certified third-party clients developed by Microsoft partners.

Currently, @mobile is available in 46 countries and is expanding to additional markets in the next year. Additional information on both Windows Live @mobile and the Windows Live Mobile Developer Program can be found at http://msnmobile.members.winisp.net. Source: Microsoft

Micron Samples Industry Fastest Mobile DRAM

Micron Technology today announced that it is sampling to customers and major enablers the industry's fastest 512 megabit (Mb) Mobile DRAM component, designed for the latest feature-rich mobile electronic devices. Mass production is expected in the second quarter of this year. With mobile applications adding increased computing and multimedia functionality, faster and better performing memory becomes paramount for optimizing performance.

Micron's 512 Mb Mobile DRAM addresses the needs of today's most advanced mobile devices by delivering maximum clock speeds of up to 200MHz allowing the transfer of 400 Mbs of data per second. This industry-leading speed provides the additional bandwidth necessary to boost the operating capability of mobile applications, including running more functions simultaneously without performance issues or powering high speed video.

In addition to meeting the JEDEC standard 1.8 volt input/output (I/O), the device is also available with a 1.2 volt I/O option that improves signaling for high-speed, high-bandwidth operation and is a key design requirement for next generation mobile chip sets. It also offers an extended operating temperature range from -40 degrees Celsius to +85 degrees Celsius making it optimal for products performing in extreme conditions. The company plans to assemble the 512 Mb Mobile DRAM with NAND flash and Managed NAND parts, and also intends to offer it in a multi-chip package or a package-on-package stack.

Source: Micron Technology

Broadcom Demonstrates VideoCore III Multimedia Processor

Broadcom Corporation today announced the first public demonstration showing realistic mobile game benchmarks based on the emerging OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics standard, running on cell phone hardware. In collaboration with Futuremark, a respected developer of PC and handheld performance benchmarks, Broadcom will demonstrate the ability of the OpenGL ES 2.0 standard to deliver a significantly enhanced gaming experience on mobile devices when powered with the innovative VideoCore III multimedia processor. The enhanced mobile gaming demonstrations, utilizing Futuremark performance benchmarks and based on the Broadcom BCM2727 VideoCore III multimedia processor, will be performed at this week's 2008 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, from February 11th to 14th and at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco from February 18th to 22nd.

The Broadcom BCM2727 mobile multimedia processor features on-chip advanced 2D and 3D graphics accelerators and efficient audio technology that provide a rich viewing and listening experience well-suited for gaming applications on mobile handsets. The ultra-low power graphics pipeline is optimized for efficient hardware acceleration of OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0 and Open VG graphics standards and supports graphics rich 3D games with rendering performance up to 32 million triangles per second.

The BCM2727 features digital video capture, high resolution still photography, and advanced 2D and 3D mobile gaming. It is the industry's first low power multimedia processor for cell phones and portable media players that enables 720p high definition video camcorder and playback using H.264 compression. The BCM2727 also supports an up to 12 megapixel digital camera and delivers high performance yet ultra-low power 3D graphics for a world-class gaming experience. HD video, 3D games and high resolution digital pictures can be displayed at top quality on full-sized HD televisions and monitors using an on-chip industry standard HDMI interface.

The BCM2727 processor also supports over fifty multimedia standards, formats, codecs and resolutions, and provides the broadest mobile multimedia content support in the industry. Its extremely low power enables over 6 hours of gaming from a standard cell phone battery, with the chip (including graphics memory) consuming only 130mW.

The collaboration between Broadcom and Futuremark has produced several OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics benchmarks including "Nature," "Tai Chi" and "Ruin Dance." Developed by Futuremark and ported onto the Broadcom BCM2727 reference platform, the benchmarks utilize a number of innovative graphics technologies that highlight the programmable shader architecture capabilities of the OpenGL ES 2.0 standard. With usage of effects such as realistic water, moving grass and advanced lighting, Broadcom and Futuremark demonstrate real-time scene rendering, lighting and special effects that exceed the quality of today's handheld game consoles, while operating at mobile phone power levels.

OpenGL ES is a mobile optimized subset standard of the industry's most widely deployed 2D and 3D OpenGL graphics application programming interface. While the Open GL ES 2.0 standard offers more visually realistic mobile games and improved portability across mobile platforms, it is highly data intensive and difficult to achieve optimal processing performance at power levels appropriate for cell phones. The benchmark demonstrations at Mobile World Congress and Game Developers Conference deliver an incredibly realistic gaming experience on mobile devices when enabled (or powered) by Broadcom's VideoCore III multimedia processor.

Source: Broadcom Corporation

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